<
>
swopdoc logo
Download
a) trade for free
b) buy for 3.94 $
Document category

Homework
Philosophy

University, School

University of San Diego, San Diego

Grade, Teacher, Year

Wion 2016

Author / Copyright
Text by Christine T. ©
Format: PDF
Size: 0.05 Mb
Without copy protection
Rating [details]

Rating 5.0 of 5.0 (1)
Live Chat
Chat Room
Networking:
0/0|0[0.0]|1/10







More documents
Problem and solutions to drugs addiction TOPIC: drug addiction For a very long time drugs a has been a common problem in many countries and it causes multiple devastating problems for families and communities. In order to combat effectively with such problem the parents and school should educate children about the danger of drug abuse and the government should increase police manpower and resources to stop dealers and to enforce the law The devastating effects of drug addiction do not only affect the drug abusers but also the families,…
12/1 English 26.08.2016 Comment The weapon right in the USA is worldwide one of the most liberal ones. At the same time the United States of America are one of the countries in which power and criminal activity are exceptionally high. The majority of the American citizens looks at the right on weapon possession as a fundamental right. Many of them have grown up in families in which weapon possession was everyday particularly in the rural areas and in the south of the USA. For one carrying a weapon belongs to own identity, for the others she…

2


PHIL 116

Dr. Wion

14 December, 2018

Drug Use

Drug abuse has been a prevalent problem globally due to a drug’s ability to induce extreme euphoria, pain relief, psychedelic hallucinations and much more to the human body. The definition of a drug itself can be interpreted as a substance a person may ingest which can cause psychoactive reactions that may affect the person’s the brain and body in multiple of ways.

There is no doubt there is a negative connotation around the term “drugs”, whether it be a “hard” drug, “soft” drug or prescription drugs. A hard drug, such as meth and heroin, is considered to be more addictive and toxic than soft drugs such as marijuana.

Because of the negative effects drugs may have on a person, the legalization of drugs has been a heated debate for many years. The movement of the prohibition of drugs in America, for example, has undergone law revisions such as the legalization of marijuana (a soft drug).

With the debate around drugs and its legality, it brings up a question of morality, if drug use is either moral or immoral. Philosophers, such as Mill and Aristotle, are on opposite spectrums in regards to drug use and government control over them.

Before diving in to the two philosophers Mill and Aristotle, it is important to understand the facts and legality of drug use currently in the United States. The Controlled Substances Act is one of the federal U.S. drug law that regulates the “possession, trafficking and manufacturing of drugs”, which applies to both hard and soft drugs (1).

This act categorized drugs as Schedule I-V, Schedule I being the drugs with the highest potential for abuse (cocaine, meth, etc.) and Schedule V being the drugs with the lowest potential for abuse (codeine, cough medicine, etc.) (1). The charges of possession and trafficking of drugs are different.

Possession of drugs can be from a fine of at least $1,000 to jail time, depending on if it is a simple possession or possession with the intent of redistributing and reselling (1). Drug trafficking is a felony and the penalty varies and is dependent on how much drugs are being trafficked, where it’s going, whether it is soft or hard drugs, etc. (1).

Furthermore, each state has their own laws in regards to drug felonies and fines/jail time will vary (1). The regulation of drug use has made its way into the workplace as well, with drug testing laws and legal guidelines such as the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which lets employees and employers know when drug tests wi.....[read full text]

Download Drug abuse and laws in the USA: Immoral or Moral?
Click on download to get complete and readable text
• This is a free of charge document sharing network
Upload a document and get this one for free
• No registration necessary, gratis
This page(s) are not visible in the preview.
Please click on download.
Download Drug abuse and laws in the USA: Immoral or Moral?
Click on download to get complete and readable text
• This is a free of charge document sharing network
Upload a document and get this one for free
• No registration necessary, gratis

In contrast to Mill and the Libertarians’ take on drugs, Aristotle believed in virtue ethics in which he believes that to be moral is to be a person of good character and have the virtues of a good person. A person who abuses drugs, whether hard or soft drugs, shows a lack of personal care and control, therefore it is immoral in Aristotle’s eyes.

Aristotle follows the Principle of Morality, in which is state that some actions (drug use) are so clearly immoral that it should be illegal. Because of how immoral drugs are in Aristotle’s eyes, he believed both hard and soft drugs that are not prescription drugs should be illegal due to the fact that the law should reinforce morality to citizens.

In fact, in America the use and possession of drugs has been prohibited. Many are in jail due to either use or possession of drugs, both soft and hard drugs, which is the leading cause of the crowding of prisons. Though soft drugs such as marijuana have started been legalized, there are still problems with recreational use of prescription drugs.

Recreational use of prescription drugs has also become a prevalent problem, such as the abuse of pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives. Aristotle is against non-prescriptions drugs but he never quite mentioned the abuse of medicinal/prescribed drugs.

It can be implied that Aristotle is also against abuse of prescription drugs due to the Principle of Morality and his belief in what a moral person should be and do. Contrasting Mills and the Libertarians, Aristotle has a different perspective in drug use and standpoint of whether it is moral or immoral.

In addition to the principles both Mill and Aristotle stood for, there are other arguments for and against drug use. One principle that is against drug use is the Principle of Paternalism. The Principle of Paternalism states that because drugs can be harmful to the human body, the government should step in and save people from themselves the drug abuse.

Another principle that is also against the use of drugs would be the Principle of Offensiveness, which states that some actions are so clearly offensive to so many others that it should be illegal. This can be correlative to the use of drugs in public and offending people that ha.....

Download Drug abuse and laws in the USA: Immoral or Moral?
Click on download to get complete and readable text
• This is a free of charge document sharing network
Upload a document and get this one for free
• No registration necessary, gratis
This page(s) are not visible in the preview.
Please click on download.

All in all, the debate of drug use and whether it is moral or immoral will be answered differently by each person answering. To Mill and Libertarians, drug use shouldn’t be considered immoral unless it is directly/physically affecting others. To Aristotle, drug use is immoral because it shows lack of personal care.

In my personal opinion, I believe drug use shouldn’t be considered immoral because that person is not affecting others around them and they are acting on their free will and choice to abuse these drugs. As said before, the solution to drug use is neither black or white, it is gray.

There will never be a right solution because everyone’s interpretation of moral/immoral are different. Essentially, drug abuse will still remain a big debate between citizens, the government and the idea/interpretation of morality.


Works Cited

1. “Guide to U.S. Drug Laws.” Recovery.org, 18 Aug. 201.....

Download Drug abuse and laws in the USA: Immoral or Moral?
Click on download to get complete and readable text
• This is a free of charge document sharing network
Upload a document and get this one for free
• No registration necessary, gratis

Legal info - Data privacy - Contact - Terms-Authors - Terms-Customers -
Swap+your+documents